When SAGA #12, a comic book by Brian K. Vaughan, hit bookshelves this week, it was not released in the popular comiXology app. Vaughan complained about this on his publisher’s Tumblr page. He wrote:
Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing shit.
Vaughan encouraged readers to check out his book by purchasing the print version or by downloading it elsewhere.
David Steinberger, CEO/co-founder of comiXology responded to this and explained that Apple didn’t actually ban the content. comiXology decided not to publish it because they didn’t think Apple would let it through. He wrote:
As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps. Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.
Steinberg also pointed out that it had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the questionable content. He wrote, “We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.”
comiXology has checked with Apple and it turns out that the material in question would not have been banned, so comiXology has plans to publish the issue soon. (Via Business Insider).